Big Island


There are a wealth of family-friendly activities on Hawaii’s Big Island, in part because it is, well, pretty doggone big. If you want beaches, mountains, volcanoes, jungles or towns, it’s all there….and don’t miss the annual Parker Ranch Rodeo coming up on July 4.  Yes, a rodeo on a ranch in Hawaii. […]

Kids swimming with dolphins in Hawaii: worth the cost?


This is native Hawaiian guide Warren Costa showing my son how to peel and eat an Asian longan fruit, also called dragon eyes, after a hike around part of the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the spectacular Big Island. There’s a soft husk that you split and peel off before […]

Photo of the Week: Snacks on Hawaii’s Big Island


If you are considering a vacation to Hawaii with the kids but think that it might be too expensive, there are plenty of ways to save money on your hotel bill if Mom, Dad (or both) are in the military. In addition to all of the military lodging and resorts […]

Military family travel to Hawaii: 11 affordable places to stay



Every year, a major dance event is held on the “Big Island” of Hawaii in the town of Hilo – the Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition, featuring both modern (‘Auana) and ancient (Kahiko) forms of hula. King David Kalakaua was the “merrie monarch” who revitalized Hawaiian ethnic language, arts and […]

Video of the Week: Merrie Monarch hula in Hawaii